Former fire chief respected volunteers

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By Sharon Graves


The News-Democrat

Understanding the heart of the volunteer was one of the ways Jack Miles, former Carrollton fire chief and dispatch supervisor, will be remembered.

Miles, 74, died July 23 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Hospice Unit in Edgewood, Ky.

Miles began his 23-year career for the city as an engineer, dispatcher and then jailer in the building that used to stand at 512 Sycamore St.

For 19 of those years, though, he was the fire chief, said current Fire Chief Randy Tharp. That position also supervises Carroll County dispatch.

Miles served under three mayors: Charlie Webster, Harry Berge and Bill Welty. None were available for comment by press time Tuesday.

Pat Stewart, chief of the Ghent Volunteer Fire District, began his firefighting career in 1980 under Miles in the Carrollton Department. He remembered Miles as having deep respect for volunteer firefighters. Stewart says he tries to bring that same respect to his department.

“He respected the volunteer and would bend over backwards for them,” Stewart said. “He always understood that volunteers did not have to be there.”

Chief Deputy Sheriff Jim Hamilton was a trooper with the Kentucky State Police when Miles was fire chief and chief dispatcher.

“He was a super good person and one of the friendliest people you could ever meet,” Hamilton said.

“Jack was easy to get along with and work for,” Tharp said. “He didn’t get excited about things, and you could talk to him about anything.”

Miles’ funeral procession on Saturday, July 26, was escorted to the IOOF Cemetery by a city fire truck. The ladder truck was parked near the grave site with the American flag hanging from it, and dispatch sent out the “last call” over department radios to Miles at graveside.

A full obituary appears in the Obituaries section of this Web site.